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Friday, September 30, 2016


-- RMU students picked up two Mid-Atlantic Emmy College/University Student Production Awards last weekend, with senior media marts major Eddie Sheehy capturing an Emmy in the Talent category, and a group of students nabbing the award in the Sports-Live Event category for coverage of the RMU-Army men's ice hockey game. Students who won for that were junior engineering major Dylan McKenna; junior meedia arts major Nick Milliron; senior communication major Vince Russo; recent media arts graduate Kristen Kudla; senior media arts major Alec Balenciaga; and communications major Adelyn Berdine.

-- Join us on Oct. 7 at the Inauguration of Dr. Christopher Howard. The event kicks off with a Celebration of Excellence, a showcase of the most prestigious achievements of our five schools before the inauguration ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Sewall Center Arena. After his investiture join President Howard at his Inaugural Reception and the Empowering Women Panel Discussion. The panel consists of three of President Howard's personal mentors and will shed light on how both men and women today can continue to empower women both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Click here to register for these events or visit to learn more. All employees are invited and encouraged to attend, and all classes have been canceled starting at noon.

-- Robert Morris University’s School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science hosted the 2016 Southwestern Design It! Workshop of the PA FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics program on Sept. 17 at the Sewall Center. The event was one of four PA FTC workshops in southwestern Pennsylvania, and was the first workshop to be held this year in Allegheny County. Design It!, Build It!, Program It!, and Drive It! are series of teams-helping-teams workshops to help FTC teams jump-start their robot design, build, and programming, as well as providing practice time on the field. Coaches, mentors, lead students, and volunteers will work directly with teams to help them prepare for their first scrimmage or Tournament. The teams will compete to advance to the Pennsylvania FTC Championship Tournament on Feb. 25, 2017. 


-- Letrell Crittenden, assistant professor of communication, was the lead author on a Pittsburgh Black Media Federation study of newsroom diversity at Pittsburgh media organizations. The study found that people of color are underrepresented in Pittsburgh newsrooms compared to the population of the Pittsburgh metropolitan region.


-- You're invited to the opening reception of the U Show, an exhibition that features artwork created by RMU students across several departments and schools:

U Show Opening Reception - Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Media Arts Gallery, Wheatley Center

Come celebrate the creativity of RMU students and surround yourself with their art. Light refreshments will be served.
Exhibition Dates: October 4 - Oct. 28

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 3 P.M.; Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

-- The RMU Health Services Administration Program cordially invites you to the Healthcare Executive Forum: Third-Party Payers onTuesday, October 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Sewall Center Executive Dining Room. The keynote speaker is Dr. Frank Brown, Cigna Healthcare’s senior medical director for the mid-Atlantic region, and his keynote address is titled “Modern Healthcare: The Journey from Volume to Value”. Other panelists include Jerome Dioguardi from Aetna, Jean Rush from Highmark, E.J. Heckert from United, Scott Lammie from UPMC, and A.J. Harper from the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania.

To RSVP or ask any questions, contact Holly Hampe at or (412) 397-5483.

-- Learn about RMU graduate and doctoral degrees at the Fall Graduate & Doctorate Open House from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Sewall Center.

-- The Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta are asking you to submit a detailed 1-page description of your proposed 10 minute talk about a creepy topic from folklore, history, criminology, science, TV, movies, urban legends or fiction for the 9th Creepy Conference. Creative work welcome! Accepted proposals will be notified shortly after the due date. SET credit for all presenters. Send proposals to by midnight Sept. 30 to be considered. The Creepy Conference is Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wheatley Atrium.

-- The School of Education and Social Sciences is sponsoring the Celebration of Women Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dining Rooms A, B, and C in Sewall Center. With the theme being “Sharing the Wisdom Intergenerationally,” Heather Heidelbaugh, who is a nationally recognized for her work in election law, will be the featured speaker.

-- Annette Foerster, the Fall 2016 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, will give two public lectures this fall: "Debating Torture in Democracies" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the RISE Center Theater in Scaife Hall; and "German Politics in Times of Crisis" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Library in Patrick Henry Center. See descriptions below:

"Debating Torture in Democracies"
Terrorist attacks in diverse Western democracies raised scientific discussions on the legitimacy of torture with a focus on “ticking bomb” scenarios. The lecture systematizes the normative discussion on torture in democracies with a focus on the question of its legitimacy and legality. Can torture ever be a legitimate means of state policy? And if so, should it be legal? Or do those scenarios belong to a state of emergency framework that transcends the normal limits of state power drawn by constitutional democracies? 

"German Politics in Times of Crisis"
Terrorists attacks, the financial crisis, Brexit, the refugee crisis - German politics are confronted with Herculean tasks that challenge the political and social order of the republic, giving rise to populist movements. The presentation explores and comments on current developments within German politics.   


Saturday, Oct. 1
Women's Rowing @ 30th Annual Head of the Ohio Regatta (all day/downtown Pittsburgh/
Men's Hockey vs. Queens (7:05 pm/84 Lumber Arena-Island Sports Center/tix 412-397-4949 or
Free RMU student admission with Freedom Card--tickets in ISC main lobby--$5 RMU faculty/staff same location

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